* Irene's Country Corner * - Ghosts
or essence of an organism, especially of a human being. The term
ghost is applied to an apparition, usually of a dead person,
that varies in apparent solidity from a mere foglike mass to
a perfect replica of the person. It is believed to be capable
of returning in some form to the world of the living. The belief
in ghosts is based on the ancient notion that a human spirit
is separable from the body and may maintain its existence after
the body's death. In many primitive civilizations the personal
possessions of a dead man, including his weapons, his pets, and
sometimes even his wife, are buried or burned with his body.
In many societies funeral rituals are believed to prevent the
ghost from haunting the living.
A place that
is haunted is thought to be associated by the haunting spirit
with some strong emotion of the pastremorse, fear, or the
terror of a violent death. Individuals who are haunted are believed
to be responsible for, or associated with, the ghost's unhappy
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the traditional haunting manifestations are the displacement
of objects, the appearance of lights, laughter and screams, footsteps,
ringing bells and the emanation of sounds from musical instruments.
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